Iowa Legal Services and Iowa Pro Bono

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Iowa does not require or currently have special admission rules for attorneys who are practicing law for Legal Service Organizations. Check out Iowa Pro Hac Vice Rules for admission on a specific matter.

Applications by Attorneys

Attorneys seeking to be a Iowa pro bono attorney or assist with a legal organization must file an application to work for a legal organization with the clerk of the Supreme Court of Iowa. They must include with the application:

  • Proof of a being barred in another state
  • Proof they have not been disciplined nor are facing discipline within the past 15 years or the foreseeable future
  • Proof of being up to date with CLE requirements
  • An affidavit from their employer that they have obtained the position
  • An affidavit signed by the attorney that they have read the Iowa rules on professional conduct, and understands they must report any disciplinary actions against them to the Iowa courts.

Applicants will have their authorization terminate by the court if they no longer work for the legal services organization and must submit a notification to the Clerk of the Iowa Supreme Court and the bar within 10-14 days.

Practice and Restrictions

Attorneys may practice law for their legal organizations or for Iowa pro bono matters only while employed by such organization or client.  Attorneys must also adhere to the following:

  • Can not use any other title to describe their ability to represent entities or clients other than that they are a pro bono attorney for a limited amount of time or if they are a registered legal services attorney
  • Attorneys cannot claim they are a member of the Iowa bar
  • Make certain their employer has indicated that they, the attorney will:
    • Work without compensation
    • Work solely for the employer
    • Will be supervised by a Iowa barred attorney, who will be liable for the non-barred attorneys conduct.
    • Has read the Iowa rules of professional responsibility
    • That they are in good standing in their licensed jurisdictions

 

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